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Advent puts cash into Vitaldent ahead of possible IPO

Advent International, the big-spending PE firm which has just bought franchise-focussed Spanish dental chain Vitaldent, is planning to put millions into the business with a view to floating, according to local reports. We speak to a well-placed operator source who is surprised by the speed with which Advent seems willing to splash the cash for its latest acquisition.

Dentix sale; non-binding bids are in

HBI hears that the owners of Spain’s biggest dental chain, Dentix, received non-binding offers for the sale of the company last week.

UK healthcare market – surprisingly strong

How is Europe's largest private equity invested market faring in these uncertain times, as staff shortages and the continuing uncertainty of Brexit make forecasting the future difficult? In most cases, better than you might think! This was the general response from HBI 2019's learned panel of UK and Ireland experts - but as always there were exceptions that proved the rule.

Why investors are champing at the bit to get into dentistry

There was a lot of positivity at HBI 2019 for “one of the most exciting sectors of the moment” according to moderator Tobias Kloesters from LEK Consulting - dentistry. Kloesters was joined by MyDentist CEO Tom Riall, Dr Eddie Coyle from Colosseum Dental, Pieter Lathouwers CEO of Belgium-based Dentius and Vikram Vora from Sabka in India.

Wafer-thin health care service profits at Bupa

Why did Bupa, the international health insurer which is also one of the largest health care service players outside of the USA, announce its 2018 results so quietly that HBI isn't aware of any UK daily reporting them this year? The figures show that Bupa's £3.37bn of revenue from nursing homes, hospitals, dentistry and primary care across a dozen countries, barely made money. Could this be down to its interesting governance structure?

Indian dental group introduces “it’s not-a-franchise” franchise model

When is a dental franchise not a franchise? According to Vikram Vora, the founder and CEO of affordable dental care specialist Sabka Dentist, when it has more to offer. HBI caught up with him at HBI 2019 to find out more about the franchise with benefits which he says could add up to 2,000 new practices within three years.

Is this new model the easyJet of UK dentistry?

UK dentists face tough times, not least mydentist, the UK's largest provider of NHS dentistry. In common with other groups, it has struggled to hit NHS targets and faced clawbacks -  £57m (€64m) in 2017. Tom Riall, CEO, thinks he may have found the answer, which he calls "affordable private dentistry". Riall spoke at HBI 2019, and we caught up with him during the event for an exclusive interview to find out more.

Spanish dental group up for sale

Despite having only formed last year, Vivanta, Spain’s third largest dental group by revenue in a very fragmented market, is for sale. We ask why it is for sale so soon, what price it might reach, and who might be in the running to buy it.

Uber decision could drive UK dental operators out of business

Dental operators in the UK employing their dentists as freelancers are nervously keeping a watching brief on a potential review by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of the way they employ “staff” in the light of the decision which saw Uber drivers re-classified as employees.

Why investors are viewing the UK market with caution

Is the UK is losing out to Europe when it comes to healthcare deals? With so much for sale and so little buying activity recently, Healthcare Europa catches up with a UK market analyst to find out more.

Interview: Philip Buergin, CEO, Colosseum Dental UK

Healthcare Europa talks to Philip Buergin, the new CEO of Jacobs Holding-backed Colosseum Dental UK, about problems and opportunities in the UK dental market, the wider European perspective, and Colosseum's plans for the future.

Has Mydentist bitten off more than it can chew?

Dentists in the UK are facing tough times – including the largest provider of NHS dentistry in the country, Mydentist. But as revenue falls and it begins to shed practices, has it bitten off more than it can chew? Healthcare Europa looks at its recent results, asks where things have gone wrong – and speaks to the company to ask what is being done to put things back on track.

Odontoprev shares drop on H1 results

Brazilian dental plan specialist Odontoprev saw its share drop 7% on H1 results, yet it still paid out in dental services just 45.5% of its second quarter revenue!

Spanish dental group looks to Portugal for expansion

Despite forming only last year, Vivanta is a top three player in a fragmented Spanish dental market. Healthcare Europa caught up with CEO Juan Olave to find out more about the group’s progress to date, and its plans for the future.

Spanish dental chain bites the dust

Spanish dental chain iDental looks to have closed all its clinics, as it faces widespread complaints about the way it has conducted its business.

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